Samsung Juke Review
This is the area where we started to run into some problems. First, the Juke is not EV-DO capable, which means all data connections must use the slower 1x speeds. There is also no VCast Music, VCast Video, or Mobile Web on the phone, but interesting enough, you can download and use the VZ Navigator program for turn-by-turn directions. Samsung designed the Juke not to download music from Verizon, but to download it directly from your PC.
The next area we ran into problems was with the Reception and Sound Quality. The internal antenna is located at the bottom of the phone where you would naturally hold onto the device and would be located in your palm. However, there is a label at the bottom saying “For best performance, do not touch this area when using your phone”. Because of the location of the antenna, we noticed low signal strength and dropped a few calls while in fringe areas, where other phones did not have this problem.
The Sound Quality though the earpiece speaker was also lacking. The first thing that we noticed when placing a call was that we could hear a constant “hiss” sound through the earpiece speaker. Raising and lowering the volume did not affect it, and it was most noticeable while using the phone is less-noisy environments. Also, when listening to someone talk and with the earpiece volume set to High, we could hear distortion, as if the speaker was rattling around. In order to eliminate this, we had to keep the speaker set to Medium, which is a little lower than we would have liked. Outgoing call quality was good, with the person on the other end saying that we sounded like we were using a landline.
These problems are a concern to us, since the Juke is a phone and will be used as such. If you are only planning on using the phone for a few quick conversations, then it probably would be OK, but you would be better off using a higher quality phone for conversations lasting an hour or longer.
It is also no surprise that the Speakerphone quality is lacking, and is more of a “novelty” on the Juke than something that would be used daily.
The included 770mAh Battery is rated up to 3.5 hours of talk time or 10 days of standby time. We were able to achieve a little over 3 hours of talk time, but standby time is closer to 5 days.
The Juke has clearly been designed for the under-20 demographic, looking for an inexpensive MP3 player that is also capable of being used as a phone. The swivel form-factor is truly unique and sets its self apart from any other phone available from Verizon. As a music player, the Juke does its job well, with 2GB of internal memory, stereo earbuds, and an excellent user interface with a wide variety of options. Unfortunately, as a phone, it is lacking in reception and sound quality. We feel that the Juke’s ideal buyer is someone that is looking to use it as a music player 75% of the time, and as a phone 25% of the time. However, if you are looking for a phone first, and that is also capable of playing music, then the LG Chocolate VX8550 would be better suited for your needs.
- Unique swivel design
- Small enough to take anywhere
- 2GB of internal memory
- Excellent music player interface
- Included stereo earbuds and USB data cable
- Call sound quality is not as good as other phones in this price range
- Reception is poor when used in fringe areas
- No EV-DO, VCast or Mobile Web
- Outdated VGA camera
- Proprietary data port
1. elgee02 (unregistered)
I got this phone through work and been using it a lot, mostly as an mp3 player but I have made a few phone calls with it. Reception on the phone was not a problem, but that has more to do with VZW having great coverage were I live, but where I disagree with you guys most is sound quality. While I don't think it has amazing sound quality, I haven't found it to be near as bad as your review says. I have really had no complaints using this as a phone. But you are right that this thing does truly shine as an mp3 player. My only complaint there is the 2gig size, as my music collection is upwards of 8,000 songs and I can only fit about 500 on the phone. Oh well. I still like it.
Been using the Juke for about 2 weeks now - BIG PROBLEM with the swivel not staying open. The "switchblade" action works fine, but once opened, it doesn't stay in a locked and upright position, it now has some wiggle. Makes it very difficult to use a phone now!
3. Joe (unregistered)
I am really excited i am going to get this phone on youtube everyone. The sound sounds fine to me
4. Ed (unregistered)
your spelling and grammar is horrible. Just reading this review annoyed me. How old are you, do you even use spell check? What about an editor of any kind? It's hard to phone arena serious when people who write these reviews have junior high english skills at best.
u better check ur spelling and grammar first there buddy
5. Emma (unregistered)
about the phone ,,, do people like that phone? doesit work good? does it last long? if any body knows let me know!
7. Justin Slocum (unregistered)
I would've personally given the phone a better review. Yes, the phone lacks a lot of features that tekkie might want but if you just want a phone with a really nice mp3 player that plays through your bluetooth headset then I would have to say this phone is great for it's price point. As far as not being able to surf the web on my phone, I couldn't care less. I'd much rather use my laptop when i'm at a wifi hotspot. Excellent basic phone, and amazingly small. Does everything I could possible want to do with a phone. I'll do my business on my laptop, instead of a smart phone.
8. Andy (unregistered)
i got this phone in like november. i love the phone and everything about it but its starting to open more and more and it really annoying. instead of opening 180 degrees its like 195 degrees which sucks
mine did that too and it won't stay completely closed anymore either. I think the phone's swivel spring is junk on these phones. It makes it difficult to use.
9. no1 (unregistered)
does anyone know if this phone will be out in the UK? does anyone know if this phone will be out on pay as you go? please help me. i LOVE this phone but i just need someone to tell me this cheers
11. Justin Bieber (unregistered)
The earphones won't work properly :/